Category: Education

Innovation in Parent Engagement Among Public, Parochial, and Charter Schools

Wendy Puriefoy

Guest Author · Former Director of Education

Parent engagement has never been the biggest part of Barr's K-12 grantmaking, but it has long been an important one. Read about a new effort that is helping a cohort of Boston district, charter, and parochial schools test and share new methods for engaging parents, and a new graduate-level program for the next generation of family engagement professionals.

January 09, 2014 | Category: Education

Three Keys to Breakthrough on Complex Social Contract Issues

Stefan Lanfer

Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

When complicated politics and old wounds keep deep-sixing change efforts, what does it take to get to a new outcome? A recent breakthrough in Boston suggests a template.

October 24, 2013 | Category: Education

Education Week Features Boston Center Creating Second Chances for Dropouts

Rahn Dorsey

Guest Author · Former Evaluation Director & Program Officer

Thanks to concerted efforts on dropout prevention, high school graduation rates in the U.S. are the highest they have been since the 1970's, yet every year roughly one million high school students still leave without a degree.

August 07, 2013 | Category: Education

Talk/Read/Succeed – Inspiration and Ideas from Springfield

Kimberly Haskins

Kimberly Haskins

Senior Program Officer, Sector Effectiveness

With an ambitious, citywide goal, what’s the right scale to get started? What target population is small enough that results are achievable and the impacts tangible? In Springfield, Massachusetts, it looks like the answer is 180 families.

June 27, 2013 | Category: Education

Getting to "Whole Child Time"

Rahn Dorsey

Guest Author · Former Evaluation Director & Program Officer

What would it take to move beyond a school- and classroom-bound view of where learning and youth development actually happens – to explore more holistic approaches?

June 07, 2013 | Category: Education

Doors Open

Melinda Marble

Guest Author · Former Deputy Director

"Doors Open" is a new short film featuring three schools that opened their doors for the very first time in Boston this fall. Each school is a compelling story—of vision, mission, and bright hopes for kids. Looked at together in this film, they are also part of an even bigger story about breakthroughs in old debates about public education.

January 08, 2013 | Category: Education

Talking ELL's in BPS

Pat Brandes

Guest Author · Former Executive Director

Claudio Martinez

Claudio Martinez

Executive Director, La Vida Scholars, La Vida Scholars

Over two years ago, the Gaston Institute at UMass Boston issued a scathing report on the status of English Language Learners in the Boston Public Schools.

February 22, 2012 | Category: Education

New and Refined Directions for Early Education at Barr

Kimberly Haskins

Kimberly Haskins

Senior Program Officer, Sector Effectiveness

A 2011 strategy review of Barr’s approach to early education led to new and refined directions for this work in 2012 and beyond.

February 14, 2012 | Category: Education

Come Together Right Now...

Stefan Lanfer

Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

How has Boston thrived in a resource-constrained era of fierce political divisions?

February 07, 2012 | Category: Education

More Racing to the Top in Massachusetts

Kimberly Haskins

Kimberly Haskins

Senior Program Officer, Sector Effectiveness

In December 2011, Massachusetts was named one of only nine states to receive grants under the federal “Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge,” a successor to the Obama Administration’s competitive K–12 “Race to the Top” program.

February 02, 2012 | Category: Education